The council-manager form of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager.
The city manager’s position along with the City Clerk and city attorney, are appointed by the City Council. The city manager appoints and manages all other city department heads.
The city manager is part of the Executive Department and is the chief administrative officer of the city. The manager’s primary responsibilities include providing and maintaining the essential city services through the efficient and effective management and operation of the city under the direction of the mayor and City Council. The city manager executes the policy direction set by the Mayor and City Council through the management of 13 city departments and approximately 1,400 employees.
In addition, the manager assumes responsibility for:
Preparing and administering the annual budget
Directing day-to-day operations
Hiring, supervising, evaluating and disciplining personnel under his/her authority
Developing and administering city policies and procedures
Recommending policies or programs to the City Council
Attending council meetings
Ensures citizen complaints are handled in a timely and professional manner